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2017 GayOutdoors Photo Contest


We received photos from 26 contestants. There were so many beautiful photo collections submitted that it was extremely difficult to choose finalists. 
 
They are currently displayed in random order. Your votes will determine the final ranking and winner.

The winner will receive $50, a full membership, and get recognized on our website/newsletter.    

It's now time for you to vote for your favorite collection.  Something that would look great in a GayOutdoors calendar! This includes pictures that capture the GayOutdoors spirit with breathtaking photography as well as men enjoying outdoor adventures! At the end of the day, you're the judge and the final decision rests with you.

Please judge the merits of the entire photo collection. Don't base your decision on the first enlarged photo you see. View them all before you vote.  Click on small thumbnail photos to see enlarged versions. 

Voting ends on November 30. 

10 Sobolweski
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1) Sassopaitto and Sassolungo (on the Right) mountains of the Langkofel Group in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy, and a distant view of Alba and Canazei. The name translates to "long peak" or "long rock". 2) view of Marmolada known as the Queen of the Dolomites, the highest mountain in all the Dolomites, Italy at 3343 meters (10,964 ft) from Sass Pordoi at 2950 m (9,678 ft) which offers a complete 360° vista of all the main Dolomite peaks 3) trekking in Ben Lomond High Country, South Island, New Zealand 4) the first sunrays hitting the mountain tops above Laguna Carhuacocha, Peru, and setting them “on fire”. From L to R: Yerupaja - Peru’s second highest at 6617m (21,704 ft), El Toro, Jirishanca 6126m (20,093 ft) and Jirishanca Chico. 5) a trail from Laguna Carhuacocha to Siula Pass with three major peaks in the heart of Huayhuash Mountain Range in Peru, Yerupaja on the left at 6617m (21,704 ft), El Toro in the middle and Jirishanca at 6126m (20,093 ft) on the right.
9 Single Track
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1) a photo of a spring camp on Cloudburst Mountain, B.C where my wilderness cabin is located. I have built a trail from my cabin at 1,400' to the start of the alpine at around 5,000'. This was our basecamp. The Tantalus Range is in the background. 2) I am just back from an amazing Adventure in Southern Utah. The Cosmic Astray is in a remote area in the Escalante region. 3) Southern Utah. An attempt at summiting on Fern's Nipple in the Capitol Reef area. Spectacular. 4) Goblin Valley area of Utah. We explored the area and rappelled into the Goblin's Lair. Fun. 5) Goblin Valley area of Utah. We explored the area and rappelled into the Goblin's Lair. Fun.
8 Sean
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1) Late setting sun breaking through the clouds cast an ethereal play of light and shadow into a grove of Aspens in the La Sal Mountains of southern Utah, near the town of Moab. 2) An early snowfall competing with autumn colors in Albion Basin in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. 3) Late evening on the Temple of the Sun massive rock formation in the Cathedral Valley area of Capital Reef National Park. 4) Autumn bather in the hot springs in Diamond Fork canyon in the Wasatch Mountains of north/central Utah. The color of the water is not photoshopped, it is due to large amounts of calcium carbonate in the water that formed the limestone that lines the creek and reflects its color so strongly (much like Havasu Falls and other famous hot springs). 5) A lonely juniper twisted and tormented by the ever-present high winds atop a mesa in Canyonlands National Park.
7 Merkel
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1) Grand Tetons - Schwabacher Landing 2) Punta Salinas, near San Juan, Puerto Rico 3) Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, California. The paper bag in the foreground contains the ashes of my best friend Greg, which we scattered near here. He lived in Palm Springs and this was one of his favorite places to hike. 4) Swiftcurrent Falls and Grinnel Point in Glacier National Park, Montana. 5) Denali peaks above the clouds, Denali National Park, Alaska
6 Madison
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1) On the Lupine trail near my favorite mountain town, Crested Butte Colorado 2) Likely my favorite single track trail anywhere. Three good friends riding the Lower Loop Trail along Slate River just outside of downtown Crested Butte CO. 3) My partner and I were out paddling at Lake Jackson WY. My first time at the Tetons 4)Photo bombed in Moab. Stopping for the views and Kodak moments along the Intrepid Trails at Dead Horse Point State Park. 5) Sunset at Highline Lake State Park on the Western Slope in Colorado. The intense colors only lasted a few minutes.
5 Hanwah
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1) Zion National Park, The Narrows 2) Zion Nationa Park, Angel Landing Trail 3) Utah, Delicated Arc 4) Arizona, Antelope Canyon 5) Arizona, Antelope Canyon
4 Goldberg
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3 Gary 2017
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1) High up view into Evolution Basin and John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park, California 2) Hikers contemplating Pic du Midi d'Ossau from a ridge near Col du Pourtalet and Formigal ski resort in Spain 3) Mt Mendel and Darwin Canyon seen along the descent from Lamarck Col into Kings Canyon National Park, California. 4) Reflections on Shadow Lake on the backside of the Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming. 5) Young man climbing the dusty hoodoos and goblins in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
2 Callaghan
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1) along the Pacific Crest Trail north of Ebbetts Pass, CA 2) along the Panorama Trail, Yosemite National Park with Nevada Falls 3) Crater Lake National Park 4) Sawtooth Ridge, near Bridgeport, CA 5)Tower Peak, from Secret Lake Trail near Sonora Pass, CA
1 Bob 2017
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1) Among the great parks in the USA, Yosemite is right up there at the top. The shot was taken at Toulomne Meadows in the early morning, my friend and I were camping days after a snow fall in the late summer and that may seem like a contradiction to some but it was an adventure for me.
2) Back home as fall was setting in, the colors of the leaves and bright sun shine mixed harmoniously together in the reflection of this duck pond just north of my home in a local park.
3) Still in fall season, New York has a fair share of state parks to visit, Fillmore Glen is one of those parks that provides a great day hike with plenty of scenic beauty to spare.
4) Back at Yosemite during the same time period as the first picture, the temperature was much warmer in the valley and on this hike up the side of the Merced River to Vernai Falls.
5) As we left Yosemite Valley to head back to camp on our final evening in the park, we were graced with a spectacular sunset that lit up the mountains in an orange hue of light. 

Previous Lists
  • 2016 GayOutdoors Photo Contest
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  • 2014 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2013 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2012 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2011 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2010 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2009 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2008 Photography Contest
  • 2007 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
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